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Mother Wore Tights (1947)

 -  Musical  -  September 1947 (USA)
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In this chronicle of a vaudeville family, Myrtle McKinley (class of 1900) goes to San Francisco to attend business school, but ends up in a chorus line. Soon, star Frank Burt notices her ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Daddy
Mona Freeman ...
Iris
Connie Marshall ...
Mikie
Vanessa Brown ...
Bessie
Robert Arthur ...
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Grandmother McKinley
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Mr. Schneider
Ruth Nelson ...
Miss Ridgeway
Anabel Shaw ...
Alice Flemmerhammer
Stephen Dunne ...
Roy Bivins (as Michael Dunne)
George Cleveland ...
Grandfather McKinley
Veda Ann Borg ...
Rosemary Olcott
Sig Ruman ...
Papa
Lee Patrick ...
Lil
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In this chronicle of a vaudeville family, Myrtle McKinley (class of 1900) goes to San Francisco to attend business school, but ends up in a chorus line. Soon, star Frank Burt notices her talent, hires her for a "two-act", then marries her. Incidents of the marriage and the growing pains of eldest daughter Miriam are followed, interspersed with nostalgic musical numbers. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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In our family dad wore the pants but . . . Mother Wore Tights [Australia Theatrical]

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September 1947 (USA)  »

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...E os Anos Passaram  »

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$2,727,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Reportedly this is Betty Grable's favorite of her movies. See more »

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Edited into My Blue Heaven (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

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Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung and Danced by Dan Dailey with chorus; by Betty Grable with quartet; by Mona Freeman (dubbed by Imogene Lynn)
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Disappointing
8 November 2003 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

This is by far the most disappointing of all Betty Grable musicals I have seen. Shot in Fox's sumptuous Technicolor, "Mother Wore Tights" is not a bad viewing but it could have been better. It opens with Grable and her husband living in quiet senility. Then her voice-over enters the soundtrack and starts recalling the past, detailing her life and marriage with a fellow vaudevillean (Dan Dailey). The film proceeds in a glacial, disconcerting pace, and the songs are mainly excruciating and dull, the dance numbers & vaudeville acts overwrought. The only thing that kept me watching "Mother Wore Tights" was the gorgeous Technicolor.


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